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What’s that classic Monty Python line? Not dead yet! Who knows? But there are times, like Wednesday’s dramatic 4-3 victory over Baltimore when the Royals, even now, make you want to believe.

Alcides Escobar rocked a one-out, walk-off double in the ninth inning that Nate McLouth couldn’t quite reach at the left-field wall. David Lough scored from first base after initially holding up near second.

“When I hit it,” Escobar said, “I said, ‘It’s got a chance.’ I hit that ball good, but I wasn’t 100 percent (certain). I was saying, ‘Come on, come on ball.’

“When I saw (McLouth) going back and not catch it, I said,’`Now, D-Lough, you can run.’”

It was amazing stuff.

Eric Hosmer hit two home runs against Orioles starter Wei-Yin Chen, including a two-run bomb in the eighth inning that erased a 3-1 deficit. That came after an error earlier in the game that led to two unearned runs.

“He’s a good lefty,” Hosmer said, “but the reports say he threw a lot of fastballs. I think it was around 70 percent. The approach for me tonight was not to miss a fastball. Fortunately, I got two.”

So here are the Royals, at 47-51, still clinging to the edge of postseason contention after winning for the fourth time in six games since returning from the All-Star break against two of last year’s postseason teams.

“We know what we’re capable of doing here,” Lough said. “We took the series from Detroit, and if we can take the (four-game) series from Baltimore, I think that’s making a statement.”

Lough started the winning rally by lining a one-out grounder past submarining reliever Darren O’Day, 5-1, that struck second base and caromed into short left-center field for a single.

Escobar then drove O’Day’s next pitch to deep left. Initially, it appeared it might leave the park. Then it seemed McLouth might make the catch at the wall.

Neither happened.

When the ball struck the wall and skipped away from McLouth, Lough raced around the bases. That triggered a full-squad sprint from the Royals’ dugout for a celebratory scrum with Escobar near second base.

“I made one bad pitch,” O’Day said, “but that’s the nature of relief pitching.”

Luke Hochevar, 3-1, got the victory after pitching around a two-out single by Henry Urrutia in the top of the ninth. Hochevar replaced Ervin Santana, who permitted one earned run (three in all) over eight innings.

“(Santana) is able to throw three pitches for strikes,” McLouth said, “and his slider is one of the best. He’s throwing low-to-mid ’90s, too, and he doesn’t walk anybody. The combination of those things can be pretty tough.”

The Orioles led 2-1 when they started the eighth against Santana with singles by Brian Roberts and McLouth. A Manny Machado sacrifice moved the runners to second and third with one out for the middle of the order.

The Royals opted for an intentional walk to Nick Markakis to load the bases for Adam Jones — and got the ground ball they desired, but it was in the hole at short. The Royals settled for a force at second.

Baltimore led 3-1, but the Royals pulled even later in the inning after Lorenzo Cain lined a one-out single to right and Hosmer followed with a no-doubt drive to right-center for his second homer of the game.

“The way Erv was pitching,” Hosmer said, “and after the tough error, on a do-or-die play, I was thinking I’ve just got to get Cain in somehow. Anything after that is a bonus. The ball just kept taking off.”

It was Hosmer’s third career two-homer game, and it finished Chen, who settled for a no-decision after yielding three runs and seven hits in 71/3 innings.

In came O’Day, who struck out Billy Butler and retired Salvy Perez on a soft liner to second.

Hosmer’s second homer also took Santana off the hook for a loss after he lowered his ERA to 3.06. He has allowed one earned run in 151/3 innings in two starts since the All-Star break and is increasingly cited in trade rumors.

Santana appears unbothered by any of it; he even tweeted out a humorous video Tuesday night about those rumors with the help of Cain and catcher Salvy Perez.

“I just come here every day to play baseball,” Santana said. “I don’t know what going on outside of the baseball, so I just enjoy the time.”

The Royals opened the scoring on Hosmer’s first homer — a 407-foot drive with one out in the first inning that landed in the seats beyond the Orioles’ bullpen in right field.

It stayed 1-0 until the fourth when Hosmer couldn’t handle a tough short-hop grounder by Jones with one out. Santana struck out Chris Davis, but Matt Wieters followed with a two-run homer to right.

Both runs were unearned.

“After he made that error,” Santana said, “he said, ‘My bad, man.’ I told him, `Don’t worry about it.’”

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Solid Westbrook steals, scores; Robinson, Adams each drive in three

By Chad Thornburg / MLB.com

ST. LOUIS — After going 3-for-3 in his first career multi-hit game his last time out, Jake Westbrook showed off yet another uncharacteristic offensive skill Wednesday with his second career stolen base. But when he wasn’t running the bases, Westbrook was holding the Phillies to three runs through seven innings while the Cardinals knocked around Philadelphia for an 11-3 victory at Busch Stadium.

In the fourth inning, Westbrook reached on a walk, stole second and then rounded third for home on an RBI single from Matt Carpenter. After the game, the 35-year-old righty made clear that it wasn’t his first foray into thievery.

“Oh, I already had a stolen base, but it was a first and third and they didn’t throw it,” Westbrook said of his previous steal. “This is a little more legit. It’s always fun when you run the bases. It makes you feel like you’re doing something.”

Westbrook kept the Phillies in check, surrendering just one run over his first six frames before a four-hit, two-run seventh inning saw him hand the ball off to rookie reliever Kevin Siegrist for the eighth.

“I felt like, even though they were hitting the ball hard, right at guys with some fly balls, I still felt like I was pitching a lot better than my last start,” he said. “That last inning, giving up a couple runs is something I need to do a better job of. There’s going to be ballgames where we don’t have nine runs to work with.”

Beyond the seventh, Philadelphia gave Westbrook trouble only in the fifth, when he allowed three singles and a run before escaping the jam by inducing a double play. His night ended with three earned runs allowed on nine hits. He walked no batters and struck out two over seven innings.

As the Cardinals racked up 16 hits and 11 runs, catcher Yadier Molina and Allen Craig bounced between No. 1 and No. 2 among the National League’s batting leaders, with Molina regaining sole possession of the No. 1 spot.

Craig and Molina entered the game tied with a .335 average, but Molina surpassed his teammate by .002 of a percentage point to take the lead at .339. Craig went 2-for-4 with two walks to Molina’s 3-for-5 game that included an RBI.

St. Louis outhit Philadelphia, 16-9, scoring its 11 runs despite stranding 11 runners. The Cardinals entered the game with 24 wins on the year without a home run, which was the club’s most through 97 games since 1991 (36 wins), and Wednesday became the 25th.

“We take a lot of pride in manufacturing runs,” manager Mike Matheny said. “We sure don’t turn our nose up to the home run. There’s nothing wrong with that. They hit them, we just don’t necessarily have guys going up there trying to hit the home run. Usually doesn’t work out well when you do that anyhow.”

The Cardinals built a four-run lead through four innings against starter John Lannan and then ran away with it in the fifth, when Craig, David Freese and Matt Adams each ripped doubles to center field against Phillies reliever J.C. Ramirez. The right-hander walked two batters to load the bases for Shane Robinson, who cleared them by knocking a 2-1 pitch into center. Center fielder John Mayberry couldn’t come up with the diving grab, and the speedy Robinson reached third for his first career triple.

Lannan lasted just four innings, during which he allowed four earned runs on eight hits and two walks. Philadelphia has now lost four straight.

“We’re trying just as hard as we can try,” said manager Charlie Manuel. “That’s just kind of how it went. We had trouble in the outfield, we had trouble all over the place, really.”

Matheny spoke Wednesday afternoon on the importance of the Cardinals’ bench players going forward, especially with an 11-game road trip on the horizon and few off-days in August. And if Wednesday was any indication, the St. Louis lineup shouldn’t miss a beat.

Robinson tied a career high with three hits and three RBIs; Adams, starting with Matt Holliday on the disabled list, went 2-for-4 with his fourth career three-RBI game; and even career Minor Leaguer Brock Peterson chipped in his first big league hit with an RBI single in the eighth.

“Seeing our guys come off the bench without a lot of opportunities and still being productive is big for us,” Matheny said. “We’re going to use our guys, there’s no question about it. We’re going to have to.”

Both of Adams’ hits came against 0-2 counts.

“I think with that 0-2, I see the ball, try to see the ball as long as I can and just battle up there,” Adams said. “You’ve got two strikes, you don’t want to take the third strike right down the middle, so I just dial in my focus and just battle.”

With the win — which came in front of 44,317 fans, the 18th sellout of the season at Busch Stadium — the Cardinals secured a series victory. Wednesday’s crowd put the Cardinals over the 2 million mark for season attendance for the 32nd time in franchise history and the 18th consecutive season.

 

Chad Thornburg is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

ST. LOUIS — The St. Louis Rams boast the league’s youngest team with 19 rookies ending last year on the active roster.

They aren’t much older after adding a pair of first-round draft picks and with youngsters tabbed to replace running back Steven Jackson.

Training camp is at the team complex by choice this year with the first full-squad workout coming Thursday following a pair of rookies-only practices Monday and Tuesday. Before Jeff Fisher’s first season, they looked into remote locations and ultimately elected to stay home.

Players with four or more years in the NFL don’t have to bunk in the team hotel the next few weeks, either.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

ST. JOSEPH — It didn’t take long for the Chiefs to suffer their first serious injury of training camp.

Defensive back Sanders Commings, the club’s fifth-round draft pick from Georgia, suffered a fractured left clavicle, or collarbone, when contesting a pass during the Chiefs’ opening practice for rookies, quarterbacks and selected veterans Tuesday at Missouri Western State University.

Commings, who has experience at both cornerback and safety, was playing corner at the time of the injury. He left the field immediately for X-rays which revealed the injury. He’ll likely miss anywhere from two to six weeks.

BY RANDY COVITZ
The Kansas City Star
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Bruce Chen tossed six strong innings, Greg Holland pitched out of a ninth-inning jam, and the Kansas City Royals held on to beat the Baltimore Orioles 3-2 on Tuesday night.

The loss snapped the Orioles’ season-best, five-game winning streak.

Holland, who logged his 25th save in 27 chances, gave up a leadoff single in the ninth to Nick Markakis and a run-producing triple to Adam Jones with none out.

Holland preserved the victory by striking out Chris Davis, and retiring J.J. Hardy and Henry Urrutia on grounders.

Chen (4-0), who was making just his second start after replacing Luis Mendoza in the rotation, limited the Orioles to three hits and one run, retiring the final 10 batters he faced. The Orioles had bashed 45 hits in their previous three games before Chen and three Kansas City relievers shut them down.

Chen, the Royals’ 2012 opening day starter, was relegated to the bullpen to start the season after Mendoza earned the final rotation spot in spring training. In two starts, Chen has yielded one run and four hits in 12 innings.

Manny Machado homered with two outs in the third for the only run Chen permitted.

The Royals went 2 for 15 with runners in scoring position, stranding 12 runners, including nine at second and third base.

They loaded the bases with none out in the first, but scored only one run when Billy Butler grounded into a double play.

In the second, Chris Getz’s one-out single scored David Lough.

Mike Moutakas’ double into the right-field corner in the third scored Lorenzo Cain, who singled to lead off the inning. The Royals had runners at second and third with none out, but failed to pad their lead.

Jason Hammel (7-7) took the loss, giving up 10 hits in six innings for the second straight start. After starting the season 7-2, Hammel is 0-5 with a 5.47 ERA in eight starts since his last victory on May 27 at Washington.

Notes: The Orioles obtained RHP Francisco Rodriguez from Milwaukee for minor league INF Nick Delmonico. Rodriguez is 1-1 with a 1.09 ERA and 10 saves with the Brewers and has 304 career saves. . Royals manager Ned Yost said RHP Wade Davis would remain in the rotation, but ‘‘he needs to get going and be productive.’’ Davis has one win in his past 11 starts and is 0-4 with a 10.91 ERA in his past four starts. . Orioles OF Nolan Reimold underwent season-ending spinal surgery in Clearwater, Fla. Reimold also had back surgery in June 2012. . Getz started after missing the previous two games with a mild left knee sprain.

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St. Louis, MO (Sports Network) – Shelby Miller tossed six solid innings to lead the St. Louis Cardinals in a 4-1 win over the Philadelphia Phillies in the opener of a three-game set.

Miller (10-6) gave up just three hits and a walk with six strikeouts for the Cardinals, who have won four of their last five games. Allen Craig went 2-for-3 with two RBI and a run scored.

“He had great fastball command out there tonight,” said St. Louis manager Mike Matheny about Miller. “He threw some great breaking balls early in the count and his changeup was the best it looked all season.”

John Mayberry drove in the only run of the game for the Phillies, who have dropped three straight. Jonathan Pettibone (5-4) was touched for three runs on seven hits in five innings to take the loss.

“I ran into trouble with some balls up in the zone,” said Pettibone. “But there were some positives tonight and I just want to build off that and look forward to my next start.”

The Cardinals pushed a run across in the first on a Craig fielder’s choice that plated Matt Carpenter.

In the fourth, Craig led off with a double and came home when Yadier Molina followed with a two-bagger of his own. David Freese’s single later in the frame made it 3-0.

The Phillies didn’t get a runner to third base until the third inning, and got their first run of the game in the seventh as Darin Ruf singled with two outs and Mayberry followed with a double.

St. Louis got it back, though, in the home seventh as Carlos Beltran hit a one-out triple just past a diving Domonic Brown in left field, and Craig brought him home with a single off Justin De Fratus.

Edward Mujica gave up a pair of hits in the ninth, but struck out Ruf and got Mayberry to pop out for his 29th save of the season.

Umpires:
H: Adam Hamari
1B: Sam Holbrook
2B: Andy Fletcher
3B: Joe West

By DAVE SKRETTA (AP Sports Writer) | The Associated Press 

ST. JOSEPH, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Chiefs began arriving on the campus of Missouri Western for their first training camp under coach Andy Reid on Monday, toting into the dorms everything from flat-screen TVs to box fans to combat the heat and humidity.

Rookies and quarterbacks were due in ahead of the full squad, which will begin practice in earnest on Friday. But absent from the trail of players trickling in was Eric Fisher, the No. 1 overall pick in April’s draft and the presumptive starter at right tackle.

Fisher still has not signed a contract, even though a rookie wage scale put in place in the latest collective-bargaining agreement takes much of the drama out of the negotiations.

Reid said that general manager John Dorsey and Fisher’s agent, Joel Segal, are talking but that he doesn’t know when the former Central Michigan standout will report to camp.

”I’d expect that to progress here and we’ll see how it all works out,” Reid said. ”I can’t really give you a time. I’m really not going to talk about contracts. That’s just not what we do. But they are working through it, and that’s important. There’s communication.”

Fisher attended the Chiefs’ entire offseason program in Kansas City, including a three-day rookie minicamp, and said at the time he wasn’t concerned about when a deal would get done.

”You’d love him tonight, that’s what you’d love, but I understand how these things go,” Reid said. ”I don’t worry too much about it. I try to concentrate on the guys who are here, and we go with it. And listen, as long as there’s communication going on, I know it’ll get done.”

Reid said several players who were dealing with injuries during the offseason program – among them tight end Tony Moeaki, wide receiver Donnie Avery and running back Shaun Draughn - checked into camp along with the rookies and quarterbacks and will be on the field.

Each of them has passed a physical and will be allowed to practice.

”We’re looking forward to getting started,” Reid said. ”Get them on the field tomorrow and have a short practice, and then a walk-through in the afternoon, and then meetings in between. We’ll do that for three days. We have selected vets in, that means the quarterbacks are here, and injured players. … There are a few of those here.”

There’s little time to waste in Reid’s first training camp with the Chiefs.

The franchise is coming off one of the most abysmal seasons in NFL history, one that resulted in a 2-14 finish and the dismissals of coach Romeo Crennel and GM Scott Pioli. Along the way, the team weathered an ugly fan revolt and a grisly murder-suicide involving linebacker Jovan Belcher, who killed the mother of his child before shooting himself at the team’s practice facility.

Not long after the season ended, Chiefs chairman Clark Hunt swiftly overhauled the entire organization, promising to take a more hands-on role in the franchise founded by his father.

He hired Reid just days after he was let go by the Eagles, and then plucked Dorsey from the Green Bay Packers, where he had helped build one of the most stable franchises in the league.

Together, the new brain trust rebuilt a roster that featured six Pro Bowl players but enough holes to finish in the bottom of the AFC West. They traded for quarterback Alex Smith, signed a slew of veteran free agents, and then used the No. 1 overall pick in the draft on Fisher.

It’s time now to see the product they put together on the field.

”Look at the coach, the first pick last year. The NFL is the best of the best,” said running back Knile Davis, the Chiefs’ third-round draft pick. ”Anything can happen, and we’re only looking at good things happening in Kansas City.”

The Chiefs will practice primarily in the mornings, a departure from the past, in an attempt to beat the heat and humidity of St. Joseph. The afternoons will be reserved for walk-throughs and meetings as the team tries to jell ahead of its preseason opener Aug. 9 at New Orleans.

Their first regular-season game is Sept. 8 at Jacksonville.

It can’t come soon enough, either.

”The entire locker room is hungry. Expectations are high and I think that’s a good thing,” said Smith, wiping a bit of sweat off his brow while standing in the shade of Scanlon Hall. ”The fun thing now is that we’ll put the pads on and get to playing real football.”

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By R.B. FALLSTROM (AP Sports Writer) | The Associated Press 

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The St. Louis Rams’ rookies began a two-day refresher course ahead of veteran arrivals – and at least one of them made a bit of a fashion statement.

Third-round pick Stedman Bailey, half of the West Virginia wide receiver package with first-rounder Tavon Austin, ran patterns Monday clad in striped, multicolored socks with a bit of a Jamaican flavor. Bailey joked to teammates that it was an homage to Bob Marley, but said he just pulled them out of his equipment bag.

”You know, socks are a pretty big fashion deal with a lot of guys nowadays and I have a bunch of different colorful socks,” Bailey said. ”These are just the ones that were in my bag today and I said, ‘Hey, I haven’t seen these in a while, let me put them on.”’

Of course, they’re just for practice.

”I would definitely never wear them in a game,” Bailey said. ”I heard anything goes and I’m just out here trying to get better, so forget about the socks.”

Coach Jeff Fisher had no complaints after putting about three dozen players through conditioning drills and testing them on play retention. Fisher said the rest of the team had already undergone physicals ahead of the official camp opening Thursday.

”We didn’t have any issues at all, so clearly they left and worked hard and they’re excited to be back,” Fisher said. ”It got a little quiet in the team meeting this morning, the realization that summer was over and here we go.

”The most important thing is they come in, in shape.”

Players had a little more than a month off after the last organized team activity in mid-June. Before leaving, players were warned to avoid pitfalls that could hurt their careers.

”In this day and age, it’s not hard to send a reminder text about the weekend coming up or the Fourth of July or ‘Stay off the four-wheelers or the WaveRunners,’ those kind of things,” Fisher said. ”We’ve stayed pretty much in contact with them.

Outside linebacker Alec Ogletree, the team’s other first-rounder and already listed as a starter, was content at home preparing for camp.

”It went by pretty fast,” Ogletree said. ”It’s what I’ve been wanting to do and I’m happy to be here, I’m glad to be back.”

The Rams worked out without center Barrett Jones, a fourth-round pick from national champion Alabama still recovering from foot surgery. Fisher expects Jones to be ready in a week or two.

”It’s definitely hard for me not to be out there, but the NFL, it’s a long-term business,” Jones said. ”They don’t need me this week, they need me over the long haul.”

The group included just one quarterback. Timothy Jenkins, an undrafted free agent from Fort Lewis, was happy to get as many snaps as possible before Sam Bradford arrived.

”It’s great to get out here and get reps,” Jenkins said. ”In walkthroughs I’m normally playing safety, so it’s great to get out there and actually see the looks.”

By R.B. FALLSTROM (AP Sports Writer) | The Associated Press

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The St. Louis Cardinals want Lance Lynn to gain better control of more than just his pitch assortment. They’re trying to help him channel his emotions, too.

The right-hander has been a big success, making the All-Star team his first year in the rotation and winning 11 games prior to the break again this year. During the drought Lynn is going through right now, the frustration shows all too well.

Lynn (11-5) has lost four of his last five starts and allowed 10 runs in 9 1-3 innings his last two times out.

Manager Mike Matheny met with the 26-year-old pitcher the day after watching the shoulders sag, the pace drag and the complaints pile up about broken-bat dribblers, seeing-eye hits and mistakes on defense.

”His tendency is to be that aggressive guy, to the point he doesn’t know what is expected of him,” Matheny said. ”We want him to be himself but also understand there’s some things inside the game how you’re perceived, how your teammates respond.”

Matheny’s not the only one counseling Lynn.

”He’s getting bombarded from the veteran guys, too,” Matheny said. ”I think he’s got a real clear picture now and I’m anxious to watch him compete the next time.”

Next time, the Cardinals would like to see a pitcher who won’t take it all too personally.

”First and foremost, he needs to get out there and win, get out there and compete,” Matheny said. ”Things weren’t going his way and he was trying to keep himself from exploding and meanwhile slowed down the pace of the game.”

In a 5-3 loss to the Padres Friday, Lynn gave up four runs in five ponderous innings while getting his share of bad breaks. Among them, first baseman Matt Adams failed to cover the bag on a comebacker that became a gift infield hit, and a broken-bat chopper drove in a run.

”Yeah, when I make that pitch it seems to be going for a hit instead of having success with it,” Lynn said. ”It’s just kind of the bounces of the game and that’s kind of the stretch I’m in right now.”

The previous start, there were a lot of well-placed hits, too.

”He’s had some weird things happen, he really has,” Matheny said. ”It’s not easy to put your finger on ‘How do I fix this’ when you have ground balls sneaking through or infield hits, bloops.”

Make no mistake, there’s been plenty of good times, too.

Lynn has been the beneficiary of prolific run support, with his average of 5.8 runs per start second most in the majors behind only Detroit 13-game winner Max Scherzer’ at 5.89. His 4.13 ERA is the highest on the staff by more than a run and both he and 13-game winner Adam Wainwright have five losses although Wainwright is also among the league leaders with a 2.44 ERA.

That no doubt makes it more difficult for teammates hearing it from Lynn, even if most people in the stands can’t pick it up. And even, as Matheny adds, whether that was Lynn’s intent.

”When a play doesn’t happen behind you and you start screaming, you’ve got a professional athlete who takes a lot of pride in how he goes about his business,” Matheny said. ”If something is obvious that you should have made a play and you see an outburst from somebody, whether it’s me over here or somebody on the field, it comes across in the wrong way.”

Wainwright is every bit as intense, and had a public disagreement with the manager after believing he’d been yanked too soon earlier in the season. The emotions didn’t linger.

”Things don’t go his way, he’s not afraid to show a little emotion, and every once in a while everybody takes it too far, but you fix it. You fix it quick,” Matheny said. ”It’s a dance, it really is, trying to always walk that line of being the most competitive intense player around while also maintaining some sort of code of how you’re supposed to act and carry yourself.”

Matheny’s message to Lynn: Concentrate on the next pitch, channel it all against the opponent.

”The last thing I want to do is take away the spirit of this guy,” Matheny said. ”I’m not asking any of these guys to be choirboys, but I do care very much how they all get along.”

July 22, 2013 By 

As Chiefs fans get ready to attend the 2013 Kansas City Chiefs Training Camp, July 26 – August 14, the following information will be helpful for fans coming to Missouri Western State University in St. Joseph.

PRACTICE TIMES

With the exception of the opening practice of camp on Friday, July 26 which will begin at 3:30 PM, the remaining 14 public practices will begin at 8:15 AM.  For a complete list of dates & times, please visit the Chiefs website at gogriffons.com.

CAMP PARKING

Once again this year, all fans coming to MWSU for Chiefs Training Camp will be directed to park in Lot H which is the closest proximity to the practice fields at Spratt Stadium.  A $5.00, cash only, daily fee will be charged per car while buses and RV’s will be admitted to the lot for $15.00.  Fans are  encouraged to purchase daily parking in advance on-line at gogriffons.com.  For fans that plan to attend camp on multiple days, MWSU will offer a season parking pass for $35 that may be purchased in Looney Complex 229 between the hours of 8 AM – 4:30 PM Monday – Friday.

Lot H will open two hours prior to the scheduled practice time on the opening day of camp and 1 hour and 45 minutes prior to practice time the remainder of camp.

An ample number of handicap spaces are available in Lot H both behind and in front of the Baker Family Fitness Center.

In an overflow situation, all cars entering campus via James McCarthy Drive will be directed to Lot J which is located in front of Looney Complex while all cars entering campus from Mitchell Street will be directed to Lot K in front of Popplewell Hall.

SEATING

All practices this year will be conducted on the grass practice fields in which seating is available for approximately 1,800 fans.  In addition, fans are permitted to sit on the hill in front of the VIP tents and ample standing room is also available.

PAID ADMISSION DAYS

The only paid admission is day is the opening day of camp on Friday, July 26th.  Admission is $5.00 per person with children 3 and under being admitted free.

Fans are encouraged to buy tickets on-line at gogriffons.com.  Tickets will also be offered the day of the event beginning two hours prior to practice time in which cash, check or credit card will be accepted.  The selling location will be located on the Spratt Stadium track outside the community tent near the main entrance of camp.

ON-LINE TICKETING

As mentioned above, MWSU encourages fans to take advantage of MWSU’s on-line ticketing system when purchasing daily parking passes and event tickets.  All Chiefs camp paid admission items are on sale now at gogriffons.com.

 GATE OPENING & CLOSING TIMES

Gates to training camp will open each day 30 minutes prior to the start of practice time and will close 30 minutes after practice concludes.

 HEAT PRECAUTIONS

In anticipation of extreme heat, MWSU and the Chiefs have provided the following accommodations;

- Misting Tent – The Chiefs will provide a misting tent for fans to cool down during practices.

- Mosaic Life Care EMS – The official sponsor of Chiefs Training Camp, Mosaic Life Care, will have EMS personnel on hand at each practice to attend to fans needing assistance.

- Hydration – Water will be provided compliments of the Western Institute located in the MWSU tent upon entrance into to the main camp area.

Fans are allowed to bring in one sealed bottle of water to the training camp sight.